Sunday, February 20, 2011

Mailbox Monday for February 20 and Giveaway!

Welcome to Mailbox Monday!

I am excited to be hosting this month, and I have another giveaway lined up this week. Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. You can view the touring blog list at Mailbox Monday blog for the upcoming months.
*Please note: I will be posting MM on Sunday mornings.

The winners of last week's Mailbox Monday Giveaways are:
YA Fiction Package: Mrs. Q Book Addict
The Matchmaker of Kenmare: Kim @ Page After Page

Congratulations! (Winners chosen with

My Mailbox

The Queen of New Beginnings by Erica James (for review from Sourcebooks

Alice knows something about the freedom of reinvention-it makes those tough years in the past a little easier to bear. So when she meets Clayton, she understands why he wants to shrug off his old life. Their unlikely friendship seems stable-until Alice discovers Clayton has betrayed her in the worst possible way. With a gift for believable characters, Erica James deftly tackles infidelity, bereavement, and family breakdown, and her blend of sparkling wit and real emotional power has her poised to take over the States.

A Race to Splendor by Ciji Ware (for review from Sourcebooks)

 Inspired by female architect Julia Morgan, this is the riveting tale of a race against time to rebuild two luxury hotels after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed 400 city blocks and left 250,000 homeless. Morgan's fictional protegee Amelia Bradshaw and client J.D. Thayer will sacrifice anything to see the city they love rise from the ashes; in the process, they can't help but lose their hearts.

And now for the giveaway!

Historical Romance Package (3 books)
Please note: I have not read any of these books and cannot vouch if they are clean reads but I have included links to reviews I found helpful.

My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas
Beautiful, naïve, and impulsive, Page Bradley inadvertently rescues English spy Lord Hazard in Baltimore during the tumultuous War of 1812. Now she must put herself at the mercy of her country's enemy.
Lord Hazard is no stranger to the atrocities of war, but he never imagined the beauty that could come of it until he meets the fiery and irresistible Page. Now he finds himself questioning every loyalty he's ever felt for King and Country. Amidst the turmoil of war and the peril of the high seas, these two sworn enemies are destined to discover that denying love may be worse than treason.

Here's a great review of this novel from Life In The Thumb.

The Mistress House by Leigh Michaels
When the handsome, rakish Earl of Hawthorne buys the charming house across the back garden from his town home, he never expects the lovely lady he installs there to ensnare him completely...
After Lady Keighley marries the earl, it seems a shame to leave the house empty, so she offers it to her childhood friend Felicity Mercer, who discovers that the earl's gorgeous cousin is precisely the man she's been waiting for...
Finally, feisty Georgiana Baxter moves into the house to escape an arranged marriage, and encounters the earl's friend Major Julian Hampton late one night in the back garden. The handsome soldier is more than willing to give her the lessons she asks for...
There is plenty of gossip, scandal, and torrid speculations surrounding the "mistress' house", but behind closed doors, passions blaze...

Here's a review from The Good, The Bad and The Unread

Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain
She's one thing by day, something else altogether by night...
After escaping the slaughter of her clan at a young age, Scottish noblewoman Sabrina Verrick provides for her siblings by living a double life, until the night she encounters the Duke, and her secret and all she holds dear is threatened...
He's so disillusioned, he's completely vulnerable...
With his inheritance at stake, Lucien, Duke of Camareigh, sets a trap for the Scottish beauty with the piercing violet eyes, never imagining what will happen when the trap is sprung...
As their lives become irreversibly entangled, Lucien and Sabrina become each other's biggest threat, as well as their only salvation...

Here's a review from Debbie's Book Bag.

How to Enter:
Thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks for offering these books. There will be one winner for this giveaway. Entering is easy.
  • Just leave the link to your Mailbox post by using Mr. Linky below. 
  • For an extra entry, leave a comment at the end of this post. If you do not wish to be entered, you can still leave the link to your MM but also leave me a comment telling me not to enter you. 
  • Open to Us and Canada. No PO Boxes.
  • Giveaway ends Saturday, February 26 at 9:00 pm Eastern Time.
  • Winners will be announced the next day in the MM post.
So what did you get in your mailbox last week. Link up and share!

Mailbox Monday Participants
1. Cheryl
2. Jonita (The Book Chick)
3. Aisle B
4. Book Obsessed
5. Mary/Bookfan
6. Kate {The Parchment Girl}
7. Mrs. Q: Book Addict
8. Elysium (bookramblings)
9. Lady Q @ Let Them Read Books
10. Staci- Life in the Thumb
11. Laura@ devouringtexts
12. Holly (Bippity Boppity Book)
13. Laurel-Rain @An Interior Journey
14. Julie @ Knitting and Sundries
15. Bluestocking
16. Wordsmithonia
17. Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
18. gautami tripathy
19. Wendi's Book Corner - Rainy Day Reads in Seattle
20. Shelly (Write For A Reader)
21. Zia@My Life In Not So Many Words
22. Kristi @ Books and Needlepoint
23. The Book Faery Reviews
24. RAnn@This That and the Other Thing
25. Christy @ Readin' and Dreamin'
26. Majanka @ I Heart Reading
27. Playing Librarian
28. Diane (BibliophileBythe Sea)
29. Julie Anne Lindsey
30. Karissa's Reading Review
31. Bonnie (Redlady's Reading Room)
32. Kim (Metroreader)
33. Kristen (BookNAround)
34. Amber Stults
35. Audra (Unabridged Chick)
36. Beth (bookaholicmom)
37. Diary of an Eccentric
38. Tribute Books Mama
39. 4 the LOVE of BOOKS
40. SavvyVerse&Wit
41. Jo-Jo Loves to Read
42. Kathy/Bermudaonion's Weblog
43. Heather @ The Maiden's Court
44. Rose City Reader
45. chaotic compendiums
46. Psychotic State Book Reviews
47. Wendy (Caribousmom)
48. Amused (Amused By Books)
49. Norma @ Wakela's World
50. Jenny O @ Lit Endeavors
51. Carol's Notebook
52. Alyce (At Home With Books)
53. Laura @ I'm Booking It
54. A Moment With Mystee
55. Nicola @ Back to Books
56. Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf
57. Tara @ Tales of a Book Addict
58. Southern Fiber
59. Teddy (So Many Precious Books)
60. Andrea (So Many Books, So Little Time)
61. Notorious Spinks Talks Books
62. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
63. Svea @ Confessions & Ramblings of a Muse in the Fog

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  1. The Queen of New Beginnings sounds like a good one. I hope you have a good week of reading! Don't enter me in the contest.

  2. No need to enter me in the contest, but I just wanted to say that I also received "The Queen of New Beginnings" and I can't wait to read it!

  3. Congrats Mrs Q!

    So looking forward to hearing about the awesome YA fiction package next!

    Thanks for being a great hostess for Feb 2011! Montreal rocks :)

    Bravo et a bientot!

    PS Love the historical romance on display and love my Sourcebooks even more.

  4. The Ciji Ware book looks good!

    Please enter me in the giveaway. These are new to me authors!

  5. Thanks for hosting the giveaways!

    I received the Ciji Ware book as well, and I love Ciji Ware. This cover is beautiful!

  6. Oh, I really want to read A Race to Splendor! I recently read and loved The Proud Breed, which covered a lot of San Francisco history and I'm hungry for more California history. Thanks for hosting this month!

  7. The books you got from Sourcebooks looks great...enjoy! Thanks for giving me a shout out for my review of My Love, My Enemy!!!

  8. Both of these look great! I LOVE the cover of Race to Splendour! Enjoy!

  9. PS - please include me in the giveaway - I would love to include these great Sourcebooks in my tbr pile! :) As I said, I'm in the mood for a good romance.

    Great giveaway!! Thanks, Wendi

  10. I agree with Kathy, The Queen of New Beginnings looks like a good one! Don't enter me in the contest.

  11. Looks like you had a good week. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. I like the blurb for the Queen of New Beginnings.

    Enjoy your reads!

  13. A Race to Splendor sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoy both your books :)

  14. I am definitely jealous of your mailbox! The books look fabulous. Enjoy them and I'll look forward to your reviews.

  15. I've always wanted to read some Ciji Ware -- I learned about Julia Morgan while at San Semeon in CA -- the William Randolph Hearst had a connection to her -- she seems fascinating!

  16. The Ciji Ware book sounds very interesting. I really need to try one of her books. Thanks for hosting MM Laura!

  17. Both of your new books look good! Happy reading!

    Thanks for hosting.

  18. Your mailbox findings look good. No need to enter me in your contest, I'd have to make a deal with the devil to live long enough to read all that I have on my shelf, Enjoy your day.

  19. We received similar books last week!

  20. So glad to be participating in this meme. Please also enter me in contest.

  21. A Race to Splendor looks great. Enjoy your books. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

    carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

  22. I always forget to link my mailbox monday :(

    Thanks for the giveaway -- they sound like some great reads.

  23. Hi - I linked up but I have to remember to check my name and delete that "Katie" part. If you can adjust that fine or delete and I'll reenter I'd appreciate it. The link to my post is correct.
    Thanks for your giveaways. I will only enter for The Mistress House if that's okay as I have the others.
    And thanks for hosting Mailbox Monday.

  24. Your books look great. Nothing like a book with a half naked man on the front!


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